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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820602/intricate-resonant-raman-response-in-anisotropic-res2
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Amber McCreary, Jeffrey R Simpson, Yuanxi Wang, Daniel Rhodes, Kazunori Fujisawa, Luis Balicas, Madan Dubey, Vincent H Crespi, Mauricio Terrones, Angela R Hight Walker
The strong in-plane anisotropy of rhenium disulfide (ReS2) offers an additional physical parameter that can be tuned for advanced applications such as logic circuits, thin-film polarizers, and polarization-sensitive photodetectors. ReS2 also presents advantages for optoelectronics, as it is both a direct-gap semiconductor for few-layer thicknesses (unlike MoS2 or WS2) and stable in air (unlike black phosphorus). Raman spectroscopy is one of the most powerful characterization techniques to non-destructively and sensitively probe the fundamental photo-physics of a 2D material...
August 18, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820154/preliminary-validation-of-an-optimized-algorithm-for-intraocular-lens-power-calculation-in-keratoconus
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Vicente J Camps, David P Piñero, Esteban Caravaca, Dolores De Fez
PURPOSE: This study aimed to evaluate the theoretical influence on intraocular lens power (PIOL) calculation of the use of keratometric approach for corneal power (Pc) calculation in keratoconus and to develop and validate an algorithm preliminarily to minimize this influence. METHODS: Pcwas calculated theoretically with the classical keratometric approach, the Gaussian equation, and the keratometric approach using a variable keratometric index (nkadj) dependent on r1c(Pkadj)...
August 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819831/biodiversity-variability-and-metal-accumulation-strategies-in-plants-spontaneously-inhibiting-fly-ash-lagoon-india
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Suchita Mukhopadhyay, Vivek Rana, Adarsh Kumar, Subodh Kumar Maiti
Out of 29 plant species taken into consideration for biodiversity investigations, the present study screened out Cyperus rotundus L., Calotropis procera (Aiton) W.T. Aiton, Croton bonplandianus Baill., Eclipta prostrata (L.) L., and Vernonia cinerea (L.) Less. as the most suitable metal-tolerant plant species (high relative density and frequency) which can grow on metal-laden fly ash (FA) lagoon. Total (aqua-regia), residual (HNO3) and plant available (CaCl2) metal concentrations were assessed for the clean-up of metal-contaminated FA disposal site using naturally colonized plants...
August 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817382/quantum-mechanical-force-fields-for-condensed-phase-molecular-simulations
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Timothy J Giese, Darrin M York
Molecular simulations are powerful tools for providing atomic-level details into complex chemical and physical processes that occur in the condensed phase. For strongly interacting systems where quantum many-body effects are known to play an important role, density-functional methods are often used to provide the model with the potential energy used to drive dynamics. These methods, however, suffer from two major drawbacks. First, they are often too computationally intensive to practically apply to large systems over long time scales, limiting their scope of application...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817155/genetic-variation-of-15-autosomal-strs-in-a-population-sample-of-bedouins-residing-in-the-area-of-the-fourth-nile-cataract-sudan
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Andrzej Ossowski, Jaroslaw Piatek, Miroslaw Parafiniuk, Aleksandra Pudlo, Witold Pepinski, Malgorzata Skawronska, Michal Szeremeta, Anna Niemcunowicz-Janica, Ireneusz Soltyszewski
The purpose of the paper was to report allelic frequencies of 15 autosomal STR markers (AmpFlSTR NGM PCR Amplification Kit) for Bedouin inhabitants in the area of the Fourth Nile Cataract in Sudan, and compute commonly used population and forensic biostatistical parameters. Buccal swabs were collected from 117 unrelated individuals. DNA was extracted using DNA QIAamp(®) DNA Mini Kit, and quantitated with Quantifiler Human Quantification Kit in a 7500 Real-Time PCR System. Amplification of 15 AmpFlSTR NGM PCR Kit loci was performed in PCR System 9700...
August 17, 2017: Anthropologischer Anzeiger; Bericht über die Biologisch-anthropologische Literatur
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816981/changes-of-platelet-times-neutrophil-to-lymphocyte-ratio-predict-bclc-stage-a-hepatocellular-carcinoma-survival
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Chen Jin, Chuan Li, Wei Peng, Tian-Fu Wen, Lv-Nan Yan, Bo Li, Wen-Tao Wang, Jia-Yin Yang, Ming-Qing Xu
Platelet, neutrophil, and lymphocyte ratio (PNLR) has its own unique role in influencing postoperative recurrence for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Surgical stress can change systemic inflammatory response of patients. Thus the aim of this study was to identify the prognostic value of changes of platelet times neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio in hepatitis B related HCC within Barcelona clinical liver cancer (BCLC) stage A.Data of patients with HCC within BCLC stage A were reviewed. Pre-, intra- and postoperative variables were retrospectively and statistically analyzed...
August 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816434/bifacial-perovskite-solar-cells-featuring-semitransparent-electrodes
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Chintam Hanmandlu, Chih Wei Chu, Chien-Yu Chen, Karunakara Moorthy Boopathi, Hao-Wu Lin, Chao Sung Lai
Inorganic-organic hybrid perovskite solar cells (PSCs) are promising devices for providing future clean energy because of their low cost, ease of fabrication, and high efficiencies, similar to those of silicon solar cells. These materials have been investigated for their potential use in bifacial PSCs, which can absorb light from both sides of the electrodes. Here, we fabricated bifacial PSCs featuring transparent BCP/Ag/MoO3 rear electrodes, which we formed through low-temperature processing using thermal evaporation methods...
August 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816344/comparison-of-two-finite-element-modeling-solutions-for-biomechanical-simulation-using-a-case-study-of-a-mandibular-bone
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Yunfeng Liu, Ying-Ying Fan, Hui-Yue Dong, Jian-Xing Zhang
BACKGROUND: The method used in biomechanical modeling for finite element method (FEM) analysis needs to deliver accurate results. There are currently two solutions used in FEM modeling for biomedical model of human bone from CT images: one is based on a triangular mesh, and the other is based on the parametric surface model and is more popular in practice. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The outline and modeling procedures for the two solutions are compared and analyzed...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816147/evaluating-which-dose-function-metrics-are-most-critical-for-functional-guided-radiation-therapy
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Austin M Faught, Tokihiro Yamamoto, Richard Castillo, Edward Castillo, Jingjing Zhang, Moyed Miften, Yevgeniy Vinogradskiy
PURPOSE: Four-dimensional (4D) computed tomography (CT) ventilation imaging is increasingly being used to calculate lung ventilation and implement functional-guided radiation therapy in clinical trials. There has been little exhaustive work evaluating which dose-function metrics should be used for treatment planning and plan evaluation. The purpose of our study was to evaluate which dose-function metrics best predict for radiation pneumonitis (RP). METHODS AND MATERIALS: Seventy lung cancer patients who underwent 4D CT imaging and pneumonitis grading were assessed...
September 1, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815655/a-clinical-trial-design-using-the-concept-of-proportional-time-using-the-generalized-gamma-ratio-distribution
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Milind A Phadnis, James B Wetmore, Matthew S Mayo
Traditional methods of sample size and power calculations in clinical trials with a time-to-event end point are based on the logrank test (and its variations), Cox proportional hazards (PH) assumption, or comparison of means of 2 exponential distributions. Of these, sample size calculation based on PH assumption is likely the most common and allows adjusting for the effect of one or more covariates. However, when designing a trial, there are situations when the assumption of PH may not be appropriate. Additionally, when it is known that there is a rapid decline in the survival curve for a control group, such as from previously conducted observational studies, a design based on the PH assumption may confer only a minor statistical improvement for the treatment group that is neither clinically nor practically meaningful...
August 16, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814156/a-method-to-compare-the-performance-of-two-molecular-diagnostic-tools-in-the-absence-of-a-gold-standard
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Xiaonan Xue, Maja Oktay, Sumanta Goswami, Mimi Y Kim
The paper is motivated by the problem of comparing the accuracy of two molecular tests in detecting genetic mutations in tumor samples when there is no gold standard test. Commonly used sequencing methods require a large number of tumor cells in the tumor sample and the proportion of tumor cells with mutation positivity to be above a threshold level whereas new tests aim to reduce the requirement for number of tumor cells and the threshold level. A new latent class model is proposed to compare these two tests in which a random variable is used to represent the unobserved proportion of mutation positivity so that these two tests are conditionally dependent; furthermore, an independent random variable is included to address measurement error associated with the reading from each test, while existing latent class models often assume conditional independence and do not allow measurement error...
January 1, 2017: Statistical Methods in Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813971/feasibility-study-of-transtibial-amputee-walking-using-a-powered-prosthetic-foot
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Martin Grimmer, Matthew Holgate, Jeffrey Ward, Alexander Boehler, Andre Seyfarth
Passive prosthetic feet are not able to provide non-amputee kinematics and kinetics for the ankle joint. Persons with amputations show reduced interlimb symmetry, slower walking speeds, and increased walking effort. To improve ankle range of motion and push off, various powered prosthetic feet were introduced. This feasibility study analyzed if predefined motor reference trajectories can be used to achieve non-amputee ankle biomechanics during walking with the powered prosthetic foot, Walk-Run Ankle. Trajectories were calculated using the desired ankle angle and ankle moment based spring deflection at a given spring stiffness...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813956/semi-autonomous-mobility-assistance-for-power-wheelchair-users-navigating-crowded-environments
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Daniel Ashley, Kyle Ashley, Redwan Alqasemi, Rajiv Dubey
Power wheelchair users suffering from cognitive or physical impairment often face difficulties in maneuvering their wheelchairs through crowded environments. Currently, users need to be continuously aware of all traffic around them to actively avoid all collisions. This is an especially difficult task since many wheelchair users are unable to accurately view or perceive their surroundings. Additionally, imprecise joystick control, slowed reaction time, or imperfect interpretation of the environment can lead to unintended collisions with objects in the environment...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812543/assessing-the-performance-of-self-consistent-hybrid-functional-for-band-gap-calculation-in-oxide-semiconductors
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Jiangang He, Cesare Franchini
In this paper we assess the predictive power of the self-consistent hybrid functional scPBE0 in calculating the band gap of oxide semiconductors. The computational procedure is based on the self-consistent evaluation of the mixing parameter α by means of an iterative calculation of the static dielectric constant using the perturbation expansion after discretization (PEAD) method and making use of the relation α = 1/ε<sub>∞</sub>. Our materials dataset is formed by 30 compounds covering a wide range of band gaps and dielectric properties, and includes materials with a wide spectrum of application as thermoelectrics, photocatalysis, photovoltaics, transparent conducting oxides, and refractory materials...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810787/transforming-high-dimensional-potential-energy-surfaces-into-sum-of-products-form-using-monte-carlo-methods
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Markus Schröder, Hans-Dieter Meyer
We propose a Monte Carlo method, "Monte Carlo Potfit," for transforming high-dimensional potential energy surfaces evaluated on discrete grid points into a sum-of-products form, more precisely into a Tucker form. To this end we use a variational ansatz in which we replace numerically exact integrals with Monte Carlo integrals. This largely reduces the numerical cost by avoiding the evaluation of the potential on all grid points and allows a treatment of surfaces up to 15-18 degrees of freedom. We furthermore show that the error made with this ansatz can be controlled and vanishes in certain limits...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809923/generalized-structural-equations-improve-sexual-selection-analyses
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Sonia Lombardi, Giacomo Santini, Giovanni Maria Marchetti, Stefano Focardi
Sexual selection is an intense evolutionary force, which operates through competition for the access to breeding resources. There are many cases where male copulatory success is highly asymmetric, and few males are able to sire most females. Two main hypotheses were proposed to explain this asymmetry: "female choice" and "male dominance". The literature reports contrasting results. This variability may reflect actual differences among studied populations, but it may also be generated by methodological differences and statistical shortcomings in data analysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809917/negative-illumination-thermoradiative-solar-cell
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Tianjun Liao, Xin Zhang, Xiaohang Chen, Bihong Lin, Jincan Chen
The negative illumination thermoradiative solar cell (NITSC) consisting of a concentrator, an absorber, and a thermoradiative cell (TRC) is established, where the radiation and reflection losses from the absorber to the environment and the radiation loss from the TRC to the environment are taken into consideration. The power output and overall efficiency of the NITSC are analytically derived. The operating temperature of the TRC is determined through the thermal equilibrium equations, and the efficiency of the NITSC is calculated through the optimization of the output voltage of the TRC and the concentrating factor for a given value of the bandgap...
August 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809063/color-and-power-doppler-combined-with-fetal-intelligent-navigation-echocardiography-fine-to-evaluate-the-fetal-heart
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L Yeo, R Romero
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the performance of color and bidirectional power Doppler ultrasound combined with Fetal Intelligent Navigation Echocardiography (FINE) in examining the fetal heart. METHODS: A prospective cohort study was conducted of fetuses in the second and third trimesters with a normal heart or with congenital heart disease (CHD). One or more spatiotemporal image correlation (STIC) volume datasets, combined with color or bidirectional power Doppler (S-flow) imaging, were acquired in the apical four-chamber view...
August 14, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808943/a-logistic-regression-model-predicting-high-axillary-tumour-burden-in-early-breast-cancer-patients
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I Barco, M García Font, A García-Fernández, N Giménez, M Fraile, J M Lain, E Vallejo, S González, L Canales, J Deu, M C Vidal, M Rodríguez-Carballeira, A Pessarrodona, C Chabrera
PURPOSE: As elective axillary dissection is loosing ground for early breast cancer (BC) patients both in terms of prognostic and therapeutic power, there is a growing interest in predicting patients with (nodal) high tumour burden (HTB), especially after a positive sentinel node biopsy (SNB) because they would really benefit from further axillary intervention either by complete lymph-node dissection or axillary radiation therapy. METHODS/PATIENTS: Based on an analysis of 1254 BC patients in whom complete axillary clearance was performed, we devised a logistic regression (LR) model to predict those with HTB, as defined by the presence of three or more involved nodes with macrometastasis...
August 14, 2017: Clinical & Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808658/trends-and-inequalities-in-use-of-maternal-health-care-services-in-nepal-strategy-in-the-search-for-improvements
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Suresh Mehata, Yuba Raj Paudel, Maureen Dariang, Krishna Kumar Aryal, Bibek Kumar Lal, Mukti Nath Khanal, Deborah Thomas
BACKGROUND: Nepal has made significant progress against the Millennium Development Goals for maternal and child health over the past two decades. However, disparities in use of maternal health services persist along geographic, economic, and sociocultural lines. METHODS: Trends and inequalities in the use of maternal health services in Nepal between 1994 and 2011 were examined using four Nepal Demographic and Health Surveys (NDHS), nationally representative cross-sectional surveys conducted by interviewing women who gave birth 3-5 years prior to the survey...
2017: BioMed Research International
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